Whether your hosting a Galentine’s/Valentine’s dinner, shopping for last minute Valentine’s gifts, or looking for a wedding registry that’s a little more local and personal, Vieuxtemps is the ultimate gift boutique to shop at. Their fine china and glassware is some of the chicest I’ve ever seen. Offering the largest selection of china, crystal and silver in Charleston, you can’t help but to swoon over the gorgeous place setting options.
This green combination is perfect for a an outdoor garden party.
This art deco inspired fine china is decadent and you can have your initials engraved on this silverware.
Waterford Crystal with Crystal Cube Salt and Pepper Set, Mepra Silverware, and Haviland Hollywood Place Setting from Vieuxtemps
This hinge vase makes a statement and you can surprise your loved one with a note in the hand painted Italian “Love Bird”. If you want to dazzle your guests and be the hostess with the mostess, you must make a trip to Vieuxtemps to pick up those special details.
Hinged Flower Vase by Pickard, Trousdale Dinner Plate and Herend Golden Laurel Dessert Plate, with the exquisite William Yeoward Crystal Flavia with the square base from Vieuxtemps// Rose gold flatware from West Elm Charleston
How pretty is this Clara Williams necklace from Croghan’s Jewel Box on this fine China from Vieuxtemps? Swing by Croghan’s Jewel Box for their Clara Williams trunk show today and their Temple St. Clair trunk show Friday and Saturday at 308 King Street.
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Charleston’s emerging female artists are taking the city by storm and Charleston native Chambers Austelle is no exception. Her female portraits with bold pops of color are beautiful and intriguing. Her work makes a statement symbolizing a world where women are both idolized and objectified.
The College of Charleston alum has been a darling on the scene of young contemporary artists. Austelle’s work has been featured in local galleries like Redux, The Southern, and won Best in Show at The City Gallery for “Piccolo Spoleto’s 2016 Juried Exhibition” as well as across the country as far as New Orleans and Philly. Nationally recognized publications like Expose Art Magazine, The Artist Catalogue, Fresh Paint Magazine, The Jealous Curator, Create Magazine have featured her work, cementing that the south is ripe with progressive artists.
The first time I laid my eyes on one of her pieces I was immediately captivated. She recently launched her series of limited edition large scale prints for only $100 and I’m so excited to finally own one of her pieces. Fashion has greatly inspired Chamber’s work and now her art is wearable on her new graphic tee’s. If you’ve been wanting to scoop up Chamber’s art and t-shirts, then take advantage of her 14% off promotion she’s running from now until Valentine’s Day by using the code vday14.
View more for my Q & A with Chambers Austelle and find out what inspires her.
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I can’t believe it’s already February! Where did the time go? Luckily I can feel that spring is around the corner, which means a change of wardrobe and Valentine’s Day. I’ll be sharing a lot things on this post starting with this dress from Mulberry and King. I was eyeing it at the Champagne Society at The Skinny Dip a couple of weeks ago when the founders Meghan and Meredith were speaking. I loved hearing their story about starting a successful online store, how could you not want to support these two boss moms??
Rose gold is still having a moment, and it’s not going anywhere. I love these rings from Gold Creations, especially the morganite ones. The pale pink stone on the rose gold is too good. The flowers are from Petaloso, and I’m so lucky I have a good friend who is both talented and has great taste. Flowers add so much life and vibrancy in photos and who doesn’t love fresh flowers? I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more pretty arrangements popping up on my blog more frequently.
This cute little macaroon jewelry box from Vieuxtemps is the cutest thing and it comes in a array of pastel colors. Perfect for storing your jewelry when your travelling, but don’t try to eat them, they’re not edible.
But these cupcakes from Cupcake sure are! I’ll be featuring them on my Lowcountry Live Valentine’s segment today at 10am alongside Island Haus Paperie, Stella Nova at Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre, and Holy Spokes Bike Share. I’m also doing an instagram giveaway with Cupcake and Holy Spokes Bike Share, click here to check out the latest posts and enter to win!
These rose gold beauties are by Pilar Cuadros, a Peruvian brand I discovered from my friend Romel Oliveria. I love supporting home grown brands across the globe, especially when they make gorgeous shoes.
Today is also National Wear Red Day to raise awareness on women’s heart health. The American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women has been a huge campaign and I’m happy to spread the word. I hope I see a lot of red on the streets in Charleston today!
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January is in full swing which means that it’s the start of oyster season. The world’s biggest oyster festival, The Lowcountry Oyster Festival, is just around the corner which means there’ll be a lot of shucking and schmoozing. Coming up on it’s 35th year and taking place at Boone Hall Plantation, it’s pretty much the kick off to the social season in Charleston.
Dressing for an oyster roast is a fine balance of being casually put together. It’s usually cold out, sometimes muddy, and you always want to have your hands free. I swung by M. Dumas & Sons to take a spin in their “shuck friendly” styles. I was immediately drawn to their massive Barbour selection of utilitarian jackets and vests. The water resistant material and deep pockets are essential when your spilling oyster juice everywhere and you need a place to store your phone, keys, and other necessities.
Me and my husband Gustavo fell in love with the form meets function aesthetic of the Barbour brand and their long heritage of quality that they stand behind. The family legacy that keeps the brand going aligns perfectly with the M. Dumas & Sons story. The King Street institution has been dressing men in the lowcountry for over a century. They first opened their doors in 1917 by Mendel Dumas and the local store is still going strong after 100 years. Their ever evolving mix of merchandise ranges from the classic styles, to contemporary brands, to tailored suiting. If your looking to stock up on winter clothes and other styles that will carry you well into the spring months then take advantage of their 40-50% off sale right now.
I was happy to discover M. Dumas & Sons has an extensive selection of Barbour jackets and vests for women like this quilted one which is on sale too! Keep up with them on their Instagram for all of exciting events they’ll be a part of at Sewe in February and a runway show at Charleston Fashion Week in March.
An oyster keychain by Oysters All Around adds a personal touch to this bag by Filson at M. Dumas & Sons. Oysters All Around is a local brand that makes accessories made with oyster shells as well as designing products with the oyster motif. I’m so glad I discovered them at Cannonborough Collective by my girl Charleston Weekender. I’m excited to share more about these local businesses alongside The Lowcountry Oyster Festival on Lowcountry Live tomorrow at 10am. We’ll be giving away 2 tickets to The Lowcountry Oyster Festival and a market tote, note pad, oyster shucker and navy oyster shell tassel keychain from Oysters All Around so don’t miss out!
Hopefully I’ll see some of you at The Lowcountry Oyster Festival. Tickets are only $17.50 in advance and kids 10 and under are free. There’ll be plenty of activities for the kiddos, oyster buckets are $12-$14, and various food and drink vendors will be set up to compliment those oysters. This event gets busy fast, so plan on coming on the earlier side (it’s from 10am-5pm) to get that good parking spot and decent elbow room to shuck.
Calvary polar quilt jacket by Barbour $279 (40% off), Filson bag $250 from M. Dumas & Sons
On Gustavo: Faherty plaid shirt $148 and Duke wax jacket by Barbour $399 (40% off) from M. Dumas & Sons
Photography by Nicole Mickle
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We’re kicking off 2018 with bang because one of Charleston’s premiere event is only a couple of weeks away. Charleston Wedding Week takes place on January 24-27 and hosts workshops, signature experiences, runway shows, and parties produced by Charleston Weddings magazine and The Wedding Row. Even if your not in the wedding industry, the runways shows and fashion events are the perfect excuse to get dressed up and visit venues that you wouldn’t normally have access to. The shows will be filled with gorgeous gowns from local boutiques and designers from Charleston and beyond.
I had the pleasure of playing with some of the dresses from featured stores that will walk the runway. The first show will be at Cannon Green on January 24th, and will feature Bella Bridesmaids, Betty Bridal, Lovely Charleston, Maddison Row, Southern Protocol, and Verità. The posh Cannon Green is the perfect setting to host a cocktail party/runway show. The other big show will be on January 26th at Lowndes Grove Plantation and will feature Emily Kotarski, Made with Love presented by Lovely Bride Charleston, Mason Hosker, and Modern Trousseau. After the shows, get an insiders access by meeting the designers to learn how they work and what inspires them Tickets to all of the events are available at charlestonweddingweek.com.
Verità will be opening up the Cannon Green show and expect to see dramatic dresses with texture, 3-D embellishments, and unexpected add-ons like capes, detachable trains and skirts. Verita meaning truth in Italian, was recently opened by Jessica Kiss in Mt. Pleasant. The seasoned bridal stylist offers dresses for every style – from the classic traditional southern woman, to the edgy fashion-forward destination bride. They carry designers such as Rebecca Ingram, Madison James, Tara Keely, Calla Blanche, and Nicole Suppose with an accessible price range of $800-$3500. They’re a one stop shop stocking mother of the bride dresses, bridesmaids, and accessories such as veils, jewelry, and head pieces. If you want to get a sneak peek of the runway show or if you can’t make it to the event, visit Jessica for her Designer Event from the 19th-27th at Verità, 320 West Coleman BLVD. Unit J MT. Pleasant, SC 29464.
Southern Protocol is another locally owned boutique that will be waltzing down the runway at the Cannon Green fashion show. Located at 164 Market Street downtown, Southern Protocol exudes chic and charm with it’s airy decor and glittery floor. Owners Ann E. Rice Ervin & Lisa S. Rice, alongside buyer and manager Michelle Miller stock the posh boutique with designs from Charleston to Barcelona. They carry an exquisite selection of dresses from local designer Kate McDonald, and other sought after brands like Ivy & Aster, Romona Keveza, Carol Hannah, and Jesus Peiro. Set up more like a showroom than a shop, the gowns are curated carefully with each rack dedicated to each designer. This dreamy dress by Ivy & Aster is just one of the designs you might catch at their runway show.
Gone are the days of the dreaded, never to be worn again bridesmaid dress. Bella Bridesmaids offers fashion forward, ready to wear options for your bridal party and beyond. The national franchise makes it easy to coordinate with your girls because they can visit any of their 51 locations to try on a dress before they order it. The Charleston location at 43 John Street in the Upper King Street district is locally owned by Allison Long who is celebrating her 12th year in business. She stocks her shop with exclusive designs by Theia, Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Woo, Amsale, Adrianna Papell, and Joanna August. Don’t let the name throw you off because their dresses and separates are also perfect for prom, mother of the bride/groom, black tie events, wedding guests, and rehearsal dinners. They will also be showing at the Cannon Green runway show on January 24th.
Australian designer Callie Tein, is the visionary behind Modern Trousseau, a custom bridal line with 8 stores nationwide including her downtown location at 418 King Street. Couture quality gowns are custom made with every option including color, trimming, skirt shapes, strap selections, and you can even mix and match styles. All of the gowns are made in the USA using the finest quality European lace sourced from the French regions of Chantilly, Alencon, Guipure, to Burano Italy and Teneriffe Spain. Callie also sends her brides a sketch of their gown and will sew their monogram and wedding date within the inside of the gown in blue for “something blue”. Modern Trousseau will be showing at Lowndes Grove Plantation on Friday January 26th from 6-9pm as the the finale showcase designer. After the runway show take advantage of the “Meet and Greet” the designer cocktail hour to learn about Callie and her designs.
Tune into Lowcountry Live tomorrow 1/12/18 at 10am for more looks from these boutiques who will be showing at Charleston Wedding Week. I’ll be giving away a $50 gift certificate from Southern Protocol, a veil or accessory of your choice from Verità, and a little black dress of your choice from Modern Trousseau. You don’t want to miss out on this one!
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As 2017 draws to a close I’m wrapping it up with a couple of my favorite party looks. This dress by Alexis at Beckett is a dream and the perfect to transition from winter into spring. This Upper King boutique has the most covetable collection of clothing and brands that are exclusive to Charleston. They carry on trend Aussie brands like Rebecca Vallance and Lover the Label and when you wear one of their pieces it makes you feel you instantly cool.
The Fantasy Garden collection from Candy Shop Vintage is full of whimsical jewelry adorned with unicorns, bumble bees, and flowers. Designer Deirdre Zahl teamed up with 125 year old jewelry company Ciner to produce her latest collection. Her adorable Cannon Street shop is packed with vintage jewelry as well as other local designers and fun accessories from brands from all over.
This dress from Mulberry & King is a knock out, especially when it’s under $100! Unfortunately it’s sold out but they have plenty of other great party dresses that are perfect for a New Year’s Eve bash. You’ve got to follow them on Instagram to keep up to date on the latest releases because they’re known for selling out quick on certain styles. The online boutique based here in Charleston is run by 2 girl bosses and best friends – Megan and Meredith. I have so much respect for theses women who can juggle young little ones while being successful mompreneurs. I featured Mulberry & King a couple of weeks ago on Lowcountry Live along with Beckett and Candy Shop Vintage for my holiday outfits segment, you can watch the video here if you need some last minute ideas.
If your looking to drop any hints for last minute gift ideas that are sure to dazzle then Croghan’s Jewel Box is the place. Specializing in fine jewelry, they also have a gorgeous collection of estate jewelry and playful costume jewelry at every price range. I love following them on Instagram to see the latest baubles and engagements with their rings. This family run business is over 100 year old and the 4th generation is just as excited to carry on the legacy. They also carry gifty items for special occasions and something for the man in your life. Goblets, silver trays, vases, flasks, engravable photo albums, and feathered bow ties are just some of the treasures you’ll find on their shelves.
I’m so grateful for all of the opportunities and collaborations with all of the local talent here in Charleston. It’s pretty incredible how many people I get to connect with on a daily basis through my blog, social media, and Lowcountry Live, these are the experiences that make my life fulfilling. I’m so proud to see my city grow and all of the entrepreneurs and emerging talent that are thriving here. I look forward to keep on exploring and enjoying new experiences with my family and loved ones in 2018. Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas holiday and prosperous New Year!
I’m signing off for the rest of the year on my blog but you can keep up with me on my Instagram and see you in 2018!
Blue lace peplum dress and Black fringe heel with pearl trim $36 from Mulberry & King // Sterling Silver Wallace Water Goblet $450, 14k lapis and diamond earrings $2,980, 14k 12mm freshwater pearl fluid ring $1,915, 14k yellow gold mabe pearl diamond ring $2,950, 18k sapphire diamond pave mummy ring $7,500, 14k turquoise and diamond ring $1,950, 14k Tahitian pearl fluid cuff bracelet $1,915, 14k freshwater fluid pearl cuff bracelet $2,020 all from Croghan’s Jewel Box
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There’s always new places to explore and shop at Freshfields Village. For you last minute shoppers there’s something for everyone on your list. Christmas shopping can be exhausting, but doing it at Freshfields Village is a breeze, with all the parking and stores in close proximity. They even did the work for you with their curated gift guide – click here for some great gift ideas.
Who doesn’t love a little pampering in their life? Blue Mercury is the one stop shop for the beauty buff in your life or someone who just needs a little refresh in the makeup department. Carrying favorites like Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Darphin, Kiehl’s, Chantecaille, Living Proof, RMS Beauty, Goop! and Smith & Cult, they have you covered. They also have an in-house spa, which offers treatments like Oxygen Facials, glycolic peels, and waxing services, plus they do makeup applications. This Bobbi Brown everything eyes book is perfect for that budding makeup artist friend or someone who wants to explore their skills.
Super Goop! is a pretty amazing skincare line that has SPF in all of their products. From lip balm, lotion, refreshing spray, body oil, your skin in protected with their 30-50 spf. These are a couple of my favorites.
Mexican has got to be one of my favorite foods out there and I was excited to find out that Cantina 76 was opening at Freshfields Village. With locations in Columbia and Greenville, I’m glad they picked Kiawah for their 3rd outpost. My recommendations? The Dirty Queso to share, Roasted Chicken Taco, and you can’t go wrong with any of their Enchiladas.
Another great thing is that the portions are generous and are perfect to share. My kids are the pickiest eaters and they even found a few things that they liked and munched on the endless chips and salsa.
Pella Faux Fur Coat in Leopard $348 ,Virgo Sweater $198 ,Watson Jeans $178.00 from J. McLaughlin // Sunglasses from Village Optical in Freshfields Village // Jewelry by Julie Vos from GDC Home // “Brody” platform oxford by Summit White Mountain Shoes $148.95 from Nordstrom
Photography by Libby Williams
Here’s my 6 hours in Freshfields video which highlights some of my favorite haunts including Tres Carmen, Blue Mercury, Beija Flor, and Dolittle’s. Hopefully it will give you some gift ideas and places you’ll want to splurge on yourself.